Food Waste and social acceptance of a circular bioeconomy: The role of stakeholders

Elsevier, Current Research in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 23, June 2020, Pages 55-60
Authors: 
Piergiuseppe Morone and Enrica Imbert

To be socially accepted widely, the emerging circular bioeconomy needs to rely increasingly on residual bio-based feedstock and waste, hence reducing its dependency on crops which are in competition with agriculture/food markets. Food waste represents a valuable option as it allows for the production of a wide range of bio-based products ranging from biofuels to bioplastics. First successful experiences have shown that the involvement of stakeholders with different behaviours, values and backgrounds is a key enabler of the process. In particular, it acts as a key precondition for an increase in the social acceptability of the facilities by informing citizens and civil society organizations and, at the same time, it improves the feedstosck availability by increasing coordination between actors dealing with waste management.